is a feature film script editor who works on projects at all stages of development.
Recent completed productions include AMERICAN ANIMALS by Bart Layton, which screened at Sundance 2018; PIN CUSHION by Deborah Haywood, which opened Critics Week at the Venice Film Festival 2017 and screened at Rotterdam in January 2018; KINGDOM OF US, a feature doc by Lucy Cohen which screened at the London Film Festival 2017 and is available on Netflix; and CHURCHILL, released in the UK and the US June 2017. HOW TO SELL A WAR by Rudolph Herzog is currently shooting; and BENJAMIN by Simon Amstell is currently in post-production.
Kate also often works with writers and filmmakers to develop story at the early stages of a film’s life: recent projects include LADY MACBETH (Toronto, Sundance 2017); I AM NOT A WITCH by Rungano Nyoni (Director’s Fortnight Cannes and LFF 2017); and DARK RIVER by Clio Barnard (Toronto, LFF 2017).
KINGDOM OF US, LADY MACBETH and I AM NOT A WITCH were all nominated for Best Outstanding Debut at the Baftas 2018.
In the last few years she has worked for British producers including Eon Films, Calamity Films, Warp Films, See-Saw Films, Raw, Jonescompany, Andy Brunskill at SUMS, Number 9, 42, Pulse Films, F&ME, Film4, Stray Bear, Quark Films, Film London, iFeatures, the BFI Film Fund, Screen Australia, Creative England, the New Zealand Film Commission, the Irish Film Board, and Creative Scotland. She works with screenwriters and filmmakers including John Maclean, Alex von Tunzelmann, Bart Layton, Paul Wright, Nick Payne, Guillem Morales, Martina Amati, Tom Harper, Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain, Alice Lowe, Tom Green, Deborah Haywood, Eran Creevy, Rowan Athale, Michael Please, Ben Schiffer, Roy Williams, Josh Appignanesi and documentary filmmakers Lucy Cohen, Eva Weber and Sam Firth. She works in all genres, on adaptations as well as original screenplays, and on some TV drama and short films. She has also worked on projects based in Iceland, Austria, Italy, Ireland, the US, Australia and New Zealand.
She has been head of development at several companies including Film4, where she was based for 5 years and where she was part of the small team commissioning and developing some of the UK's most successful feature films including FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL and TRAINSPOTTING. She developed ORPHANS and brought in EAST IS EAST and GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING, working with countless British writers and directors along the way. As head of development at Capitol Films she spotted LEAVING LAS VEGAS and THINGS TO DO IN DENVER WHEN YOU'RE DEAD, and worked with talent including Roman Polanski and William Boyd. She has also been a film agent; a TV presenter & producer; director of the Edinburgh Television Festival; Associate Director of Cinema at the ICA; a location caterer, a film festival programmer, a screenwriting lecturer, a film distributor and a cinema usherette.
Kate speaks regularly at festivals and industry events including Bafta, the London Comedy Film Festival, the Edinburgh Film Festival, BFI South Bank, Creative England, Guiding Lights, the Institute of Contemporary Art and Film London Microwave.
In the last year she has worked with indigenous writers from all the Arctic Circle countries (Norway, Finland, Sweden, Alaska, Greenland, Canada and Russia) in the far North of Norway; spoken about story at Adidas HQ in Germany and at London advertising agency Abbot Mead Vickers BBDO; and given the keynote address to women producers from all over Europe at PROPRO in Vienna.
She runs regular workshops at the London Film School and masterclasses in screenwriting for The Guardian. She has taught screenwriting at the Northern Film School, at the University of London and the Arvon Foundation; script development at the National Film School; and been a visiting lecturer at film schools all over the UK. She evaluates screenwriting courses for Skillset, film and TV projects for Media, and was external examiner at the London Film School for 3 years. She also works with the Wellcome Trust on film projects: she helped to establish and now chairs the Wellcome Screenwriting Fellowship in partnership with the BFI and Film4.
She has run talent labs and mentoring projects for filmmakers since 2009 and has organised masterclasses by filmmakers including Jane Campion, Mike Leigh, Sir Ronald Harwood, John Madden, Mogens Rukov, Kenneth Lonergan, and editor Pietro Scalia.
She has been on many film and screenwriting awards juries, chaired and taken part in panel discussions, chairs the screenwriting award for WFTV, is a Bafta Rocliffe jury member; is a member of the writer/director shortlisting committee at the British Independent Film Awards; and has been a BAFTA member for over 20 years.